Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Ambassador Program
The AAPI Ambassadors Program is a collaborative project between DMHAS, Problem Gambling Services and Amplify (with past contributions from the Commission on Equity and Opportunity and the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling).
A pilot program to address problem gambling concerns specific to Asian American and Pacific Islander
populations based in DMHAS Region 4 was begun in 2016. As a minority population in the dominant
mainstream US culture, the AAPI face unique challenges and risk factors related to gambling. Goals of
the project include:
- (1) the identification and training of representatives of the AAPI communities in
Connecticut (AAPI “Ambassadors”) in gambling awareness and an evidenced-based community
- (2) technical assistance and support of the Ambassadors as they develop, plan and
deliver a series of “community conversations” engaging their community members; and
- (3) evaluation of the community conversations and Pilot.
Long term goals of the AAPI Ambassador Program include:
- (1) development of an action plan for the
replication of the AAPI in other Regions of Connecticut; and
- (2) replication of this Ambassador model
with other underserved populations in the state
For more information, please contact the AAPI Coordinator, Mui Mui Hin-McCormick, at firstname.lastname@example.org.